Here is the full transcript of author and career coach Laura Berman Fortgang’s TEDx Talk: Find Your Dream Job Without Ever Looking at Your Resume at TEDxBocaRaton conference.
Laura Berman Fortgang – Author and career coach
Everybody knows somebody who hates their job. Maybe that somebody is even you.
In fact, half of the people in the United States who work would do something else for a living if given the chance. That’s an epidemic.
Look, I know, it’s hard to change, it’s easier to stick with the devil you know. Walking away from a paycheck and benefits – that doesn’t fit conventional wisdom, and doing something more meaningful – I mean, who wants to make less money? But when I think about this subject, I think of my grandfather, my immigrant grandfather who left Poland, alone, on a boat, at 17 years old, to go to New York City. I wonder what he would think about us talking about being happy at work.
“Happy?” he would say “Happy at work? Put food on the table, that’s ‘happy’. What are you talking about, happy?” My dad, first generation American, he was the first to go to college, the first to have a “good corporate job,” his was the 1960s’ version of being happy at work. But he really wasn’t.
Today, the research shows that to be happy at work, people want to be engaged. They want to have mastery over their subject matter. They do want to know that what they do matters more than the paycheck they get. So, if we know that, why is it that 50 per cent of us can’t figure out what we want to do with our life? I think it’s because when we are in doubt, we look to our resume. We look to our credentials, what we’re qualified to do.